'National Geographic' Publishes First Issue Written, Photographed By Women

The National Geographichas published its first female-produced magazine issue. It went live online Tuesday. The print issue will hit newsstands October 29.

The magazine marks the launch of a “yearlong, enterprise-wide project exploring women’s lives around the globe,” according to the publisher. 

Feature stories in the issue focus on the experiences of women in the military and in the female-majority government now leading Rwanda.

Data, maps and graphics rank how 153 countries treat women in terms of inclusion, justice and security (Norway was ranked first and Yemen last - the United States came in at no. 19). 

A study in the issue suggests how city planning can change to increase women’s safety. Another story looks at how programs are encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.



Notable figures in the issue are Nancy Pelosi, Sylvia Earle, Oprah Winfrey and Alex Morgan, among others.

November’s magazine issue is part of a wider initiative at National Geographic to bring attention to women’s impact on the world.

This week, National Geographic also released a book showcasing iconic women around the world. Called "Women: The National Geographic Image Collection,” the book contains 450 photographs drawn from National Geographic’s Image Collection.

It also features 17 behind-the-scenes stories from female National Geographic photographers, including Lynsey Addario, Jodi Cobb and Ami Vitale.

A one-hour companion documentary, "Women of Impact: Changing the World," will air on the National Geographic channel October 26.

The National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., will open a photography exhibition called “Women: A Century of Change,” with more than 100 archival images of women from around the world.

The exhibition will be on display from October 22 through spring 2020.

Susan Goldberg, the editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor-in-chief of National Geographic, is the first female editor of the magazine, which published its first issue in October 1888.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. constitutional amendment ratifying women’s right to vote.

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